DAD Advocacy Service provides an IMHA service across Darlington and Tees Valley.
How to access an IMHA:
People should be offered to be referred for an IMHA by the hospital or health professional if they are eligible. The hospital or mental health professional will know how to refer for an IMHA.
If you are in a hospital in another town or live in the Tees Valley area please click this link Who we can help and referral information, which will explain how to access an IMHA in your area.
What is an IMHA?
Independent Mental Health Advocates also known as an IMHA is a right for anyone detained under most sections of the Mental Health Act, whether you are in hospital, a community treatment order or on guardianship.
IMHAs are independent can help you get your opinions and views heard and make sure you know your rights.
An IMHA can work with people:
What does an IMHA do?
IMHAs have had extra training about the Mental Health Act. They can help you understand:
IMHAs help you gather the information you need, and can access your medical records if you want them to. They can go to ward rounds and meetings with you or represent you if you can't go yourself.
Accessing an IMHA is free and it is your right to be referred to an IMHA if you are eligible for their services.
As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community, and continue to support people flexibly to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled people and children experience in their everyday lives. We support over 2,000 people every year. But we need your help.